SV: method of dating RV, III

Paul Kekai Manansala kekai at JPS.NET
Mon Nov 2 07:17:15 UTC 1998

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal wrote:
> Vidhyanath Rao <vidynath at MATH.OHIO-STATE.EDU> wrote:
> >4) Archaeologists tell us that there was trade contact between the
> >steppes and the Kopet Dagh area in the Neolithic times, becoming rare
> >(unimportant?) during the Namazga IV/V periods and then picking up
> >again after the `collapse' of urbanism. If we put IE speakers in the
> >Caspian-Aral area in 3000 BCE, shouldn't we expect some of them to
> >turn up in points south before 2500 BCE?
> Possibly.  But how would we know?

Maybe I'm having a mental block, but isn't the oldest evidence of IE in
this region (Media, N. Persia) the Achamenian cuneiform inscriptions
from around 600 BCE?

Paul Kekai Manansala

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